Exposed: Privacy, Security and the Smart City

November 6, 2015

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
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This one-day conference will focus on the privacy issues created by the ubiquitous surveillance of smart cities. The conference will analyze how decisions about the balance between privacy and benefits of information processing are made and how they should be made. It will examine the control we do and should have over our information, and the extent to which we could and should use technology and the law to gain greater control.

After an overview of the issues raised by smart cities, experts will participate in various panel discussions:

  1. Are Smart Cities A Smart Choice? discussing the benefits and risks of developing hyperconnected cities.
  2. Reaping Benefits, Respecting Privacy considering how we can design with adequate respect for privacy
  3. The Role of Venture Capital in the Development of Smart Cities
  4. Security, Psychology, and the Smart City examining technological requirements, psychological effects, and legal issues involved in providing adequate security
  5. Surveillance and Its Connection to Larger Social Issues.

What Is a Smart City?

Imagine a city that collects data from energy and water meters, household and office appliances, vehicles, and cell phones. Through video cameras and other ubiquitous sensors, it collects data about people's movements anywhere at any time. The city combines this data with the vast amounts of data already available from private companies to construct profiles of people and their activities for use in administration, policing and law enforcement, and public planning. You have imagined a smart city.

Conference Registration

There is no charge for this one-day conference. Advance registration is closed; however, walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. Approved for 5 hours of Illinois MCLE credit. May be eligible for 5 hours of CLE credit in other 60-minute credit hour states, and 6 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute credit hour states.


Please contact Amy Rossi at or (312) 906-5122.